I have received email after email about the great deals I can get for Black Friday. Many of these fabulous deals started at 8pm Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY!!! Seriously? Is nothing sacred? Are we supposed to move our Thanksgiving meals earlier in the day so we can rush out with the hoards of people to trample each other for the one $39 Blu Ray player?
It’s bad enough that soon Christmas decorations will make their appearance on store shelves right after Labor Day. Can’t one holiday, the one holiday where we are supposed to count our blessings by the way, remain untouched by consumerism?
My family and I went on a Thanksgiving walk yesterday at 1pm. There were people already in line outside of a Best Buy store that wasn’t opening until midnight. I couldn’t believe it. Their entire Thanksgiving was going to be spent in line at a store, instead of with family or friends. Perhaps these folks don’t have family or friends you say….I answer with, is it any wonder when their priorities are so whacked? If they were alone on Thanksgiving, these people could have volunteered at a food pantry or soup kitchen. They could have spent the day holding babies at a hospital or playing games with wards of the state who are relegated to group homes.
The same is true for today, Black Friday. Why is it so important to get more and more crap? Maybe we could change Black Friday from a day of buying to a day of giving. We could change the name to Fabulous Friday and instead of spending 24 hours shopping like turkeys with their heads cut off, we could spend the day helping others. Now that would be a Freaky Friday indeed.